CompuMed signs contracts to provide remote ECG screening that reaffirm correctional market dominance

Los Angeles 24 July 2006CompuMed Inc., a medical informatics company serving the health care community with diagnostic software solutions, has signed agreements to provide electrocardiogram (ECG) remote interpretation systems and services for three state departments of corrections. Under the terms of the Iowa Department of Corrections (IADOC) agreement, CompuMed will provide remote cardiac screening on an as needed basis for more than 8600 detainees at all 10 of the Department's facilities.

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IADOC purchased CompuMed's state-of-the-art CardioGram System 707 as part of its effort to fulfil the Department's mission of providing a healthy environment and return on taxpayer investment.

In addition, Prison Health Services (PHS) has signed a contract extension. CompuMed will continue to serve as a value-added partner for PHS, providing remote cardiac screening for detainees at Wyoming correctional facilities.

Under the terms of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services agreement, CompuMed will provide interpretative ECG services for the correctional system's four facilities.

"We are pleased that our correctional partners continue to renew their agreements with CompuMed", stated Jerry McLaughlin, CompuMed's CEO. "Expanding our core ECG business is an important part of our corporate strategy to build shareholder value. We are also exploring ways to broaden our offering in the telemedicine field." Jerry McLaughlin added that the three contracts reaffirm CompuMed's dominance as the provider of remote ECG screening for the correctional facility market.

CompuMed's traditional core business is providing remote ECG interpretation terminals and related services to medical facilities that may not have access to trained and qualified physicians for interpreting ECG results. Customers for the company's CardioGram system are typically correctional facilities, ambulatory surgery centres, occupational health clinics and physicians' offices. The CompuMed system significantly reduces health care costs by providing remote cardiac screening at the point of care. Another key advantage is an optional feature that automatically sends ECG results to a trained cardiologist for an over-read when the results are abnormal.

Based in Brentwood, Tennessee, PHS is a provider of comprehensive health care services for correctional systems. The company employs more than 4700 health care professionals servicing hundreds of jails, prisons and juvenile facilities across the United States.

Founded in 1973, CompuMed Inc. is a provider of computer-aided telemedicine and diagnostics technology. The company's core products are the OsteoGram and CardioGram systems. The OsteoGram, which is cleared by the FDA for commercial use, is an accurate and precise technology for cost-effective osteoporosis testing. The CardioGram system remotely interprets electrocardiograms and is used by private practice, government and corporate health care providers nationwide. CompuMed is headquartered in Los Angeles. More company news is available in the VMW May 2006 article CompuMed signs licensing agreement with Kodak Electronic Products Shanghai Co. Ltd.


Leslie Versweyveld

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